For those looking for something to do on Saturday, April 27, look no further: Union School in Westside will have its annual Westside Carnival from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
The Westside Parents Club orchestrates everything related to the Carnival, which dates back to the late 1970s and was originally Mary McAlpen’s brainchild. Since the carnival has remained a consistent staple in the Westside community, the Westside Parents Club, which relies heavily on donations and community participation, sends reminder letters out to businesses in March of every year, and is usually met with solid support.
The goal of the Westside Parents Club is to raise money for Union school. With constant budget cuts across the board in education, the school needs money now more than ever. The carnival typically generates around $5,000 or $6,000 a year, and all the proceeds go directly to Union school. Union school is in constant need of new equipment, so the Westside Parents Club traditionally donates money to aid the school in getting supplies. In the past, money has gone to playground equipment, multimedia projectors for the teachers, support for artists in residence, and sports programs. This year there will be a weeklong field trip where kids will be able to travel to the national forests.
Even though all the money goes directly to the school, the Westside Parents Club is not associated with the school.
Besides the Westside Parents Club, parents of the students at Union school, the school’s sixth graders, family members, and community members all help with the carnival.